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Carolina Spotlight: Taylor Leath & Andre Smith

UNC student-athletes Taylor Leath and Andre Smith had the opportunity last summer to take their leadership skills off campus and join with others from across the ACC at the Summer ACC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) meetings. Leath, a senior on the volleyball team, and Smith, a junior on the football team, both serve in leadership roles on UNC's SAAC. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Volleyball Brings Home Second Straight ACC Win

Behind a team-high 13 kills from sophomore Sydnye Fields, the North Carolina volleyball team defeated host Clemson Friday evening 3-1 at Jervey Gym (Highlights). The Tar Heels won the first, third and fourth sets to improve to 5-6 overall and 2-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play with their second win in a row. Clemson fell to to 5-10 overall and 0-3 in ACC play. (GoHeels.com)

Tar Heels Erase 0-2 Deficit To Win ACC Volleyball Home Opener

For the second time in as many matches, North Carolina headed into the locker room trailing two sets to none. For the second time, the Tar Heels emerged a changed squad, winning sets three and four to tie the match and force a deciding fifth set. UNC won the fifth set, 15-12, to defeat Louisville, 3-2 (Highlights). With the win, UNC improves to 4-6 (1-1 ACC). (GoHeels.com)

UNC Volleyball Falls to NC State in ACC Opener

North Carolina battled back from down 0-2 at NC State to force a tie-breaking fifth set, but the Wolfpack held on to win, 15-11, and take the ACC season opener, 3-2 (25-21, 25-17, 21-25, 18-25, 15-11). The win was the first for the Wolfpack (6-6, 1-0 ACC) over the Tar Heels (3-6, 0-1 ACC) since 2012, ending Carolina's 10-match winning streak against its in-state neighbor. (GoHeels.com)

No. 24 UNC Volleyball Hold Off Chanticleers In Five

No. 24 North Carolina found itself heading into a fifth set for the second time in two nights, but after dropping a 3-2 decision on Friday night, the Tar Heels exploded for a .625 hitting percentage in the final deciding set to defeat Coastal Carolina, 3-2 (25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 18-25, 15-8). UNC finishes nonconference play at 3-5, while the Chanticleers fall to 3-6. (GoHeels.com)

Loyola Marymount Outlasts UNC Volleyball, 3-2, at Carmichael

No. 24 North Carolina took a 2-1 match lead, but a pair of dominating service runs by junior Kekai Whitford led Loyola Marymount to a five-set victory (25-17, 25-27, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11) on Friday night. The Lions' first 2017 win over a ranked opponent in four opportunities moves LMU to 6-4 on the year, while the injury-plagued Tar Heels slip to 2-5. (GoHeels.com)

UNC volleyball's Taylor Fricano thrives on change

In 2007, Taylor Fricano knew she’d be getting blocks on the court. She just didn’t know in what sport. “My seventh- and eighth-grade basketball coach from junior high told me to try out for the volleyball team,” she said. “I was like, ‘No, I’m bad.’” After getting cut from the volleyball team in seventh and eighth grade, she felt even more sure that her talents did not lie on the volleyball court. (Daily Tar Heel)

Taylor Leath Named ACC Volleyball Player of the Week

North Carolina outside hitter Taylor Leath was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday. Leath put on a spectacular display at Carmichael Arena over the weekend, leading the Tar Heels to wins over LIU Brooklyn (3-0) and LSU (3-1) at the Carolina Classic. The junior is the first Tar Heel to win a weekly award this season and earns the honor for the fourth time in her career. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Volleyball Hands LSU First Loss of the Season, 3-1

North Carolina picked up its second straight victory on Sunday, taking down previously-unbeaten LSU, 3-1 (Highlights), in the Carolina Classic finale. Redshirt-junior Taylor Leath was nearly unstoppable, hitting over .400 with the most kills for a Tar Heel in over a decade, as UNC improved to 2-4 while LSU dropped to 8-1. "This win means a lot," said head coach Joe Sagula. (GoHeels.com)

UNC Volleyball Sweeps Blackbirds in 2017 Home Opener

North Carolina volleyball enjoyed a happy homecoming on Friday night, picking up its first victory of the season with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-16, 25-21) win over LIU Brooklyn in the 2017 home opener. Carolina had three upperclassmen with double-digit kills and hit a season-high .287 in the straight-set victory. The win lifts UNC to 1-4, while LIU Brooklyn drops to 4-4. (GoHeels.com)

North Carolina volleyball not living up to preseason hype

The North Carolina volleyball team is still connecting the pieces to its puzzle. The Tar Heels were preseason favorites to win the ACC, and they started the season ranked 11th in the country. But after losing a pair of games to Auburn and No. 2 Florida in Puerto Rico this weekend, they sit 0-4 to start the 2017 season and have only managed to win one set in any of those matches. (Daily Tar Heel)

No. 3 Florida Tops No. 16 UNC Volleyball, 3-0

No. 16 North Carolina took on its third top-10 opponent in four matches on Sunday, battling No. 3 Florida in the finale of the ACC/SEC Puerto Rico Clasico. UNC played tough against the surging Gators, but became UF's third ranked defeat of 2017, as Florida topped the Tar Heels, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-23). With the win, Florida improves to 4-0 while Carolina drops to 0-4. (GoHeels.com)

Three Tar Heels Make Their 2017 Debut In UNC Volleyball Loss to Auburn

No. 16 North Carolina showed improvement Saturday, but dropped the opening match of the ACC/SEC Puerto Rico Clasico, 3-1, to Auburn. Freshmen Sehrena Hull and Maddie Grace Hough made their Tar Heel debuts in the match, while junior Madison Laufenberg made her first career start on the right side. Auburn improves to 4-1 on the year, while UNC slips to 0-3. (GoHeels.com)

No. 7 Wisconsin Volleyball Tops No. 11 Carolina in Straight Sets

No. 11 North Carolina came up emptyhanded on Saturday, dropping its second straight contest to a top-10 opponent as No. 7 Wisconsin defeated the Tar Heels, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-19), in front of a sold-out crowd at UW Field House. The Badgers (3-0) finished the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with back-to-back sweeps, while UNC dropped to 0-2 to start the year. (GoHeels.com)

Season preview: Stars Leath and Scoles return for North Carolina volleyball

The North Carolina volleyball team opens its season coming off one of the most successful years in program history. Last season’s team dominated on all fronts, all the way down to head coach Joe Sagula, who won the ACC and American Volleyball Coaches Association East Coast Region's Coach of the Year awards. But the Tar Heels are different this year. (Daily Tar Heel)

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